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In talking with a good friend, it was pointed out that a good deal of the language used by truck drivers is outside the normal usage and definition encountered by those outside the profession. Now, jargon is the technical language used in any profession to streamline conversation by referencing what are considered commonly known terms. In trucking examples would be reefer, jake brake,
steers, red line, Cat, Detroit, etc.
Slang on the other hand is more of a social tool, adapting words that deliberately exclude outsiders. Trucking examples would include lot lizard, coops, large car, pickle park, Super Trucker, etc.
Additionally, the manner in which some words are used that seems utterly ordinary to me, not requiring explanation, are in fact not totally clear to someone unfamiliar with trucking.
So if you’re curious, or bored, here are some definitions and/or explanations of usage as they apply to American truck drivers.
“Driver”- A truck driver. Only. Commonly used as a means of address.
“Hand”- A driver who is offering advice or assistance. As in ‘helping hand’
“O/O or Owner Op”- Driver who owns or leases a truck. Almost always leased onto a larger company. Full term is Owner Operator
“Four Wheel”- Anyone driving a car, pickup, van or other private vehicle. Applies in general to any non professional driver.
“Full Grown/DOT Bear”-State Trooper
“Yard dog/Yard jockey/Switcher” - Driver operating a specialized truck at a warehouse or facility to move trailers in and out of loading docks
“Broker” - Individual at a logistics company who arranges loads by contracting with companies needing freight moved, then negotiating with a truck company to move the freight
“Ground Guide”-Individual who assists a driver in backing or negotiating tight areas through hand signals
“Lumper”- Individual working for an outside unloading service, by contract with a warehouse. They do not work for the warehousing company and are paid separately by the trucking company. The fee is normally, but not always, reimbursed by the shipper or broker.
“Lot Lizard”- Prostitute whose intended clientele are truck drivers
“Good Buddy”- A homosexual who services truck drivers
In the U.S. the primary manufacturers of semi trucks are Freightliner, Volvo, Kenworth, Peterbilt, International and Mack. To a lesser extent Autocar, Marmon and Sterling.
“'Freightshaker”- A Freightliner
“Pete”- A Peterbilt
“Cornfield Cadillac” (increasingly rare)
“Van”-Common box trailer
“Reefer”- A box trailer with an inherent temperature control unit.
“Pup”-A 28 foot trailer, in particular those used in tandem or double configuration. In some areas, usually on tollways, a triple set is used.
“Daycab”- Truck without a sleeper area, used primarily for local deliveries. Normally returned to the same location daily.
“Container Hauler”- Truck that moves intermodal shipping containers. The container and the chassis it sits on are seldom owned by the trucking company.
“Parking Lot”- Truck that hauls automobiles
“Straight truck”- Truck with the cargo box attached directly to the cab
“Combination Vehicle”- Tractor trailer
“Steers”-The front (steering)axle and tires
“Drives”- The dual axle immediately behind the cab.
“Tandems”- The dual axle on the trailer on the most common arrangement for trailers. The trailer sits on an adjustable rail allowing it to be moved above the axle to adjust weight distribution.
“Cab”- The driver’s position in the vehicle
“Sleeper/Bunk”- The area behind the cab containing the bed and living area
“Gator”- Chunk of rubber from blown tires in the roadway
“Glad hand”- Where the air lines from the tractor are attached to the trailer
“Red Line/Blue Line”- The two brake lines providing air to the trailer brakes for parking and operation.
“Super Single” -Somewhat oversized single tire replacing the traditional dual tire arrangement per axle.
“Splitter”- Lever on the manual shifter that permits 9, 10, 13, or even 18 gear positions
“Eaton/ Straight Ten” Very common transmission. Ten speed.
“Jake Brake”- A compression release engine brake that releases air from the compression chamber, allowing the engine to slow the turning of the crankshaft, helping to slow the vehicle.
Causes a rather noticeable stuttering barking noise when used. Can be turned on or off.
“Pigtail” - Electrical cable attached from truck to trailer providing electricity for lights.
“Back porch light” - Work lights on the back of the cab.
“Differential Lock” - Switch to lock the transaxle differential so that both axles of the drives deliver power. Useful in low traction situations.
“Catwalk”-Metal platform over the axle behind the cab allowing the driver easier access to the airlines and pigtail
“Airbags”- Heavy duty airbags beneath the cab and trailer that keep cab and trailer from directly contacting the frame rails
“Airdump”- Manual switch to release air from airbags.
“Fifth Wheel Slide”- Switch allowing the fifth wheel to be moved to redistribute weight.
“APU”- Alternate Power Unit. An independent generator that can be run with the truck motor off, providing heat or air conditioning.